Akimeka participates in a variety of activities focused in bettering the lives of the people who live in our communities. Many of our activities are educational and directed at the young people who represent the future of Akimeka and the nation. Our corporate outreach initiatives include:
STEMworks Industry Day
Each year, Akimeka hosts middle and high school students from around Maui County particpating in STEMworks Industry Day. A huge part of the process and expectations for the students is their understanding of the creative STEM career opportunities available in Hawaii. Part of the STEMworks methodology is creating a solid foundation for the students by creating a direct link between the classroom and the many career paths in STEM. Students are provided a hands-on tour of the creative STEM High Tech companies.
For several years, Akimeka has opened its doors at the Maui Research & Technology Park to host high school and middle school students to support the Maui Economic Development Board’s “Tech Careers: I Am the Future” event. Students are able to hear personal success stories on high-tech and science careers from employees during a panel session, and a tour is conducted to spark interest and introduce students to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Akimeka participated as a corporate sponsor for the 4th Annual Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The conference brings together more than 200 Native organizations and 600 individuals to one of the largest gatherings focused on community development held in Hawaii.
Moloka‘i Youth in Motion Festival
Akimeka was a sponsor in the 3rd Annual Youth in Motion Festival. The purpose of this festival is to expose our Moloka‘i “keiki” to a myriad of sports and the opportunities they offer. Professionals, coaches, and athletes representing wind and kite surfing, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, golf, and tennis conducted clinics.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
Akimeka hosted an “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Day as part of National Engineers Week. Students from Maui’s Kihei Charter High School job-shadowed Akimeka women engineers and received a firsthand introduction to engineering and technology.
Student Internship Programs
We support Maui Community College's (MCC) student intern program in collaboration with MCC and the Women in Technology Project and the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Akamai Internship Summer Program.
On-the-Job Technical Training
Akimeka sponsored Native Hawaiians in a collaborative program with the Pacific E-Health Innovation Center and the Alu Like organization to provide on-the-job technical training in telemedicine/telehealth programs.
International Pacific Medical Technology Conference
Akimeka sponsored a science booth for high school students of Kamehameha School at the international Pacific Medical Technology Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii.